Author: JP Massar

A Short History of Urban Shield.

On March 14th, 2019, the Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative Approval Authority voted unanimously to take the monies for Urban Shield and other emergency preparedness programs usually distributed to Alameda County and redistribute them around the Bay Area, to…

BART Slows Down (Big Brother, not Big Trains).

With Oakland Privacy catalyzing the turnout, members of the ACLU, the EFF, DSA, Oakland Privacy, APTP, East Bay For Everyone, AROC, and the public spoke at the Board meeting with essentially one voice against BART staff proposals for increased surveillance,…

Carpenter Nails It.

The Supreme Court said today that just because you carry a cell phone doesn’t mean you’ve given up all your privacy rights. The Court held 5-4 that the practice of law enforcement being able to demand from cell phone service…